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This is a cute scene from the end of the second volume of [personal profile] wonder_city stories, in which Sophie (aka Brainchild) corners Pacifica (Nereid) to thank her for orchestrating the rescue mission to bring her spirit back from faerie, where she'd been imprisoned by an evil wizard.

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Also, I realized I had a brain glitch, and forgot to upload the sketch I did of Pacifica and Sophie the other day, so look out for another Wonder City post right after this!
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This one probably needs some explanation...
A few weeks ago, Stormy made a post about her intention to spend a year writing short stories to complement her series of novels, and used "Taylor adopts a pony" as a joking example of a story topic. My sleep-deprived and over-caffeinated brain thought it would be funny if the pony adopted by the big scary combat agent turned out to be Pinkie Pie — to which Stormy responded "if you draw it, I'll write it."
Well, I totally failed to sleep on Friday night, so I had all these extra hours of wakefulness in which my brain was in no state to let me work on anything serious, so I opened Illustrator, and much silliness ensued.

EMG Portrait

Thursday, March 1st, 2012 08:56 pm
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Another portrait submitted for adoption. This one's still in the queue, but with Ellen on maternity leave, I figured I might as well share it instead of waiting.

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I did this sketch in response to [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's wonderful poem Spots, which was partially inspired by my prompt about the challenges of having a cheetah for a pet. It's eligible to be turned into a StorySketch if anyone wants to see it developed further.

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SketchFest 24

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 12:52 am
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Here's my latest batch of < 1hr paintings. I managed to do seven of them this weekend, despite being distracted by the end of Lorelei's kickstarter project and all the nitpicky formatting stuff I'm doing for the print and various electronic editions of the book. Prints are available through the SketchFest site until Friday, after which...well, I can still do them, you just have to tell me. :P

prompt: Cameleopard

prompt: Oh where could those dust bunnies be hiding?

prompt: If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck chances are good it's not a cat but I fall for the lie everytime

prompt: The wrong guide

prompt: What Happened to the Book on How To Fly Your Dragon

prompt: The thing in the back of the closet

prompt: Flower bed

I'm amused to discover that I seem to be creating a series of cute bugs. It might be fun to do something with them if I ever have time again...
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This is a sketch of Audrey, the human(oid) narrator of [personal profile] aldersprig's Dragons Next Door setting, talking to her neighbour Zizny Smith over the wall that separates their properties. This conversation is still ongoing, and continues in the black tower, the pumpkin, skeletons, rule three, and dwimors!

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Monday, February 6th, 2012 07:03 pm
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These are custom icons I've made for my commenters who were selected in my weekly icon draw. Thank you all for your helpful feedback! It's very much appreciated :)

The Cooking Lynx
for [ profile] minor_architect

Turkey Vulture
for [personal profile] the_vulture

Coffee and kitty in the library
for [profile] alee_girl

Jason (and Trevor)
for [ profile] robling_t

for [personal profile] the_vulture

for [personal profile] aldersprig

Aunt Ruan
for [personal profile] aldersprig

Shahana and Ari
for [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith

Library Dragon
for [personal profile] jjhunter

Laughing Cat
for [ profile] laffingkat

Garden of Prose
for [personal profile] clare_dragonfly

Kelkyag and StoneHart
for [personal profile] kelkyag

for [ profile] wyld_dandelyon

The River
for [personal profile] mdlbear

Muse Fusion Letterpress
for [ profile] torn_world

Muse Fusion Hourglass
for [ profile] torn_world

The Anthropologist
for [personal profile] aldersprig

Kung Fu Panda
for [ profile] the_vulture

Dirk Gently
for [ profile] reymonkey

Minor Architect
for [ profile] minor_architect

for [ profile] rowyn

Monster House
for [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith

Illuminated Oak Leaves
for [ profile] rix_scaedu

Taia Lucifer
for [personal profile] clare_dragonfly

for [personal profile] ariestess

The Darkling Prince
for [personal profile] kc_obrien

for [personal profile] birgitriddle

The Library
for [personal profile] aldersprig

La grenouille
for novaseer

for [ profile] eseme

for [personal profile] ariestess

The juggler
for [ profile] ellenmillion

Tentacle tree
for [personal profile] aldersprig

Simon in wolf form
for [ profile] heavenscalyx of [personal profile] wonder_city

The Wordsmith at work
for [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith

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I'm going to consider this one finished, and move on to the coloured version, unless you guys find something that needs to be changed. Many thanks to [personal profile] the_vulture for his ongoing support!
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It's been quite an eventful day. When last I posted, Lorelei's kickstarter project was halfway through the allotted time, and just 36% of the way to its goal. It didn't go up by much yesterday, and [ profile] ego_sideways and I were getting just a teensy bit nervous.

Well, last night, a patron who chooses to remain anonymous contacted us with a generous offer: they will match all pledges and increases in pledges made in the next week, up to a total of $3000. The announcement this morning prompted a flurry of activity, and I'm happy to say that we're back on track, with $4859 pledged! That's over $1600 dollars in one day.

That also means we need just a little over one thousand dollars in new pledges over the rest of this week to make it to our goal. If you know anyone who has been considering backing this project, but has not yet done so, please encourage them to do so now!

In related news, Lorelei's friend Tanuki Jiro (seen in my previous post wearing a dragon mask for new year) now has his own Facebook page! Lorelei herself also has a page, in case you haven't seen it. :)

And finally, as tempting as it was to spend the day mashing the refresh button to see if the kickstarter total had gone up, I did manage to finish and upload a second painting to EMG Portrait Adoption. Ellen says that her goal of 12 new portraits this month has already been met (and far surpassed!) so I think I'll put the third one I'm planning on hold for a few days to do some long overdue Story Sketch updates.

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We're two weeks into the kickstarter campaign for Lorelei has a Dream, with two weeks to go, and $3247 pledged so far! Activity on the project has slowed somewhat since the excitement of the initial launch. I'm told that most kickstarter projects have a bit of a dead period in the middle, but that doesn't make it any less nerve-wracking! On the plus side, it's encouraging to note that we haven't passed a single day without gaining any new backers.

I did get this finished up, so I bring you (somewhat belated :P) Lunar New Year greetings from Elder Days Story time!

"We hope that the new year treats all of you well,
And that it gives you great stories to tell."*

Happy Year of the Dragon!

*couplet by [ profile] ego_sideways
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First, here's the Portrait Adoption piece I mentioned last night:

It's not visible to the public yet, but those of you with PA accounts should be able to see it if you login. I've got another portrait half done, and a third one planned by the end of the month.

My task for today was supposed to be finishing up this picture of Jiro, Hippo-Birdy, and Lorelei to send out with the kickstarter update I'm planning to e-mail tomorrow. I haven't done that (yet! I will get to it!) Instead, I got started on it, and then thought to myself "It would be really useful to have a 3D model of that dragon mask to use as reference..."


Out came the fimo...and away went my work day, so instead of a finished illustration, I now have this (apologies for the grainy phone pic):

And I wonder why my to-do list never shrinks. :P
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The Kickstarter project for Lorelei has a Dream has now raised $2931, from 62 backers. Sincere thanks to everyone who has pledged so far, and to everyone who has helped spread the word! We still have $6069 to go, and 19 days to do it in so please keep sharing the link!

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This may sound a bit silly coming out of a SketchFest weekend, but I feel like I haven't been very productive lately. It might just be because so much of my time has been filled with things that aren't art, or maybe it's just that many of the projects I have planned right now are self-directed rather than collaborative. Actually, that's probably what it is...the need to communicate when other people are involved in a project gives it a sense of urgency and makes it feel more like 'work', no matter how much I enjoy it. Oh Brain...*sigh*

I managed to do eight pieces for SketchFest 23 (without losing any sleep this time!) That brings my total for the month up to 20, so it's not like I haven't accomplished anything. :P

prompt: Flying cat, with halo

prompt: turtle vs hare

prompt: keeping warm

prompt: Grumbly Bear

prompt: Bark

prompt: "no, really!! I'm a dragon!!"

prompt: zebra in a herd of cows

prompt: Combine "monster" and "house slippers"
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I really love that SketchFest has been extended to 48 hours. It keeps me from panicking if I can't get started on it right away. ^.^ I'm getting a late start this time because I wanted to get this done from the last session before starting a new batch:

I'm back home now, with no plans to leave again until April, so it's back to regularly scheduled posting for the next couple of months! I've got plenty of stuff to catch up on, but if you have any new prompts you've been holding on to, feel free to post them!

Project update:

The kickstarter campaign for Lorelei has a Dream is at nearly a third of it's $9000 goal, after one week. Many thanks to everyone who has backed the project so far! Reminder: I am offering bonus Lorelei sketches to readers of my blog who pledge $35 or more. Just PM or e-mail to let me know who you are. We still have a long way to go, so please keep boosting the signal!
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Regular visitors to mikaspace may recognize Lorelei the bespectacled bibliophile hedgehog. The first story book featuring the prickly little heroine has been available as a pdf ebook for awhile, but after several months of planning, [ profile] ego_sideways and I have begun a kickstarter campaign in the hope of funding a print edition.

We're happy to offer rewards to all our backers, including e-books (which will soon be available in iBooks and Kindle Fire compatible versions), signed first editions, Lorelei puppets, custom artwork, and author readings! Readers of my blog who pledge $35 or more can get a bonus Lorelei doodle if you PM or e-mail to let me know who you are!

Dreamwidth won't let me embed a video without a paid account, so please click on the cover image for more info:

For those of you who prefer to try before you buy, you can also read the complete story online at !

Feedback and signal boosting are greatly appreciated, so please check it out, even if you can't afford to donate!
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I will be boarding a plane later tonight to go visit my family, and will be returning on Jan 18. As usual, I will be bringing my laptop, but I may be a bit slower to respond to messages due to the presence of live people.

The 48-hour SketchFest was quite a success! I did 12 paintings for it — enough to make up for missing last month. Coat of Arms has already sold, so I'll be cleaning it up to print, and copies of all the others are available through the SketchFest site.

lots of pictures under cut )

In case you missed it, I did a guest post at [community profile] poetree On Illustrating Poetry on Friday last week, with some commentary on each of the poem-based Story Sketches I've done so far. Comments on this post will be counted toward this week's icon draw! (Which I'm postponing for a couple of days since I didn't give you any art to comment on until now. :P)

Signal boost!

The [community profile] crowdfunding community is seeking nominations in six categories for this year's Rose & Bay awards. If you know of any great crowdfunding projects, feel free to suggest them! Personally, I'd love to see more people and projects from outside lj/dreamwidth get involved in this!

Speaking of crowdfunding, [personal profile] aldersprig has a new idea for a project involving mini-stories on postcards!

[personal profile] ariestess 's monthly one-card-draw is open for a couple more hours (until 8PM PST). She's got a few decks to choose from, and donors are entered into a draw for a more in-depth reading.

Updates from my own projects:

My Inkling fundraiser is now at 40%! Thanks to all who have contributed so far! :)

Story Sketches tips: $10

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